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½ June 28, 2014
This movie will be enjoyed by Ken Russell fans only. However, despite the slow pace and over-the-top theatrics -- the film has some pop-culturally significant moments. The now iconic Rudolf Nureyev is captured in all of his beauty and glory. And, it is interesting to see Leslie Caron as Nazimova. Peter Suschitzky served as cinematographer and he does some great early work here. However, by the time this long film comes to its end, you are likely to feel more than a bit cheated of the over two hours the film stole from your life.
July 5, 2012
Far from Russell's best, but some inspired moments of madness. The jail scene is classic Russell. Nureyev couldn't act, but he sure could dance. Worth a watch for fans.
½ January 30, 2011
It is pretty good movie except all the ham acting. It contains one of the most disturbing nude sex scenes ever along with Lady Frankenstein.
February 22, 2016
A Ken Russell film.
For some those words alone are enough to make a viewer switch off ,but for me even flawed films by Ken still have plenty of interest.
His take on the rise and death of Rudolph Valentino was apparently not a good time for him and he would later disown the film as a studio tampered compromise.
Despite this the film is actually pretty good even if Rudolf Nureyev is not the greatest actor in the world.
The film charts the rise of Valentio form ball room pretty boy to the biggest silent film star in the world .
He leaves a trail of broken hearts behind him and even breaks some noses as he challenges a blowhard journalist to a boxing duel in the latter parts of the film
Of course this being Ken Russell everything is amped up including the acting by some of the cast ,but I guess that is because Russell wants to show pre sound Hollywood in all its horrible splendour.

As I said the film isn't perfect the central casting of Nureyev was a risky gamble which doesn't pay off on the whole but if you can swallow the directors flights of fancy the film isn't half bad.
July 26, 2015
Valentino is a disappointing film. It is about the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor, Rudolph Valentino, in 1926. Rudolf Nureyev and Leslie Caron give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Ken Russell did a horrible job directing this motion picture.
½ June 26, 2015
Overly dramatized production.
½ June 23, 2015
This is one of the worst biopics. Mixing fiction, fact, and legend it fails. The acting is some of the worst I've ever seen in a film. Its overacted and extremely full of Hollywood cliches. The story is poorly written along with the script.
June 21, 2015
another in a bunch of bio-pics about the legendary silent film star
½ June 28, 2014
This movie will be enjoyed by Ken Russell fans only. However, despite the slow pace and over-the-top theatrics -- the film has some pop-culturally significant moments. The now iconic Rudolf Nureyev is captured in all of his beauty and glory. And, it is interesting to see Leslie Caron as Nazimova. Peter Suschitzky served as cinematographer and he does some great early work here. However, by the time this long film comes to its end, you are likely to feel more than a bit cheated of the over two hours the film stole from your life.
July 5, 2012
Far from Russell's best, but some inspired moments of madness. The jail scene is classic Russell. Nureyev couldn't act, but he sure could dance. Worth a watch for fans.
March 11, 2014
Watchable only for Nureyev.
½ September 7, 2011
An outrageous film bio that suffers from the main cast members' mediocre to poor performances.
July 31, 2011
When he made this film, Ken Russel still had his weird, colorful touch. But extreme weirdness in Hollywood may be a form of realism, so there might be more truth than it seems here. And the choice of Nureyev is interesting, Valentino was a dancer before becoming an actor.
June 16, 2011
cool bio-pic on a great star whose light has faded today.
March 3, 2011
One of the best directions in a movie I have seen so far....this movie got my attention only for its direction and superb acting of the lead character characterizing the legendary mute actor Rudolph Valentino..his early life..fame..tragic death and after death chaos..nicely putted....very well made movie that seemed to me.
½ January 30, 2011
It is pretty good movie except all the ham acting. It contains one of the most disturbing nude sex scenes ever along with Lady Frankenstein.
June 27, 2010
this is one of the worst movies ever! It skips a lot of his life. More of this is probably fiction than fact! The script is corny as hell! It's a must-see for the badness of it!
½ November 3, 2009
Ken Russell's highly-fictionalized biopic is far from his best (even Russell himself considered it a failure), but it's an extremely entertaining mess of a movie. As the silver screen icon, Rudolf Nureyev is not the greatest actor, but he brings an offbeat energy to the role that allows him to keep up with the over-the-top supporting cast. The plot is muddled and awkwardly paced - but with lavish and imaginative production design, and plenty of memorably bizarre set pieces, those who appreciate Russell's excessive eccentricities will find this a very satisfying effort.
October 27, 2009
Watched this on TMC last night, entertaining and I would watch it again. This covers pretty raunchy though lol
½ August 30, 2009
A disappointing biopic of the legendary silent movie star, Rudolph Valentino. It's not revealing much and instead of focusing on his interesting life and death, this movie centers more on the dull side.
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